Configuration conpletly lost after unclean shutdown

Marshall Neill ramien43 at
Sun Jul 20 22:48:07 CEST 2014

I could be wrong but I believe that Xfce is not responsible, the file 
system is.
Have you done any tweaking with
by chance?
There are some options with tune2fs that might give you issues with 
sudden interruptions.

On 07/20/2014 02:38 PM, Clemens Eisserer wrote:
> Hi,
> I've experienced a loss of the complete xfce configuration after an
> unclean shutdown, and recently only of the whiskers menu (using btrfs,
> which uses delayed allocation).
> Today I was hiking with a friend of mine using ext4, and he had the
> same issue on a netbook - where the whole xfce desktop configuration
> was lost after a sudden power down.
> It seems like xfce is using some combination of ftrucate+rewrite to
> modify its configuration files, which leads to zero-length files as
> both operations aren't atomic.
> I did a quick search for the parts to blame, however wasn't able to find it.
> Therefore I would be grateful if somebody could point me to the
> functions which are responsible for xfce's config file handling.
> Thank you in advance, Clemens
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